Exhibit A on why No Child Left Behind is crap: this story from Palm Beach, FL.
I'm immediately suspicious of anything involving science (which includes lots of math) and Florida officials, who as we all know can't count. But the idea that one all-encompassing "science" test can accurately assess student progress is obviously complete crap. Who but an idiot bureaucrat would put ionic chemistry and genetics on the same test? "Figure out how high a 0.4kg ball thrown at 5.5 m/s would go... oh, and describe the Krebs cycle while you're at it? Also name the moons of Pluto." I think having ADD would be an advantage for that test.
More reason why school evaluations ought to be done on a local basis. If you have to have testing-based assessments, I'd like to see each teacher write their own exams and have them approved by a local non-vested authority rather than to have one state-wide test that probably wasn't even written by experts or teachers. It'd be more reasonable, though, to give principals the right to fire sucky teachers, superintendents the right to fire sucky principals, and voters the right to fire sucky superintendents. If accountability to a state board is necessary, how difficult could it be for the state agency to send someone to inspect each school in person?